Lead Instrument Engineer 4 (650)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • United States
  • $Excellent
  • Research facilities

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Pay Band:  Technical Professional 4, Exempt
Relocation:  Domestic and International relocation assistance is available for this position.

The Neutron Technologies Division (NTD) Instrument Engineering Group performs engineering design and development for Neutron Scattering Instruments at HFIR and SNS. In this group, you will have the opportunity to perform a lead role in the development of new instruments and upgrades to existing instruments, including the design of one-of-a-kind and first-of-a-kind components and systems.

The Instrument Engineering group seeks a motivated engineer to lead major, high profile instrument development projects at the SNS and HFIR. A Lead Instrument Engineer is expected to apply a systems engineering approach to engineering design, fabrication and procurement oversight, testing, and installation oversight. The Lead Instrument Engineer is responsible for all beamline components. These typically include vacuum and / or pressure vessels, equipment positioning devices, personnel safety systems, neutron and biological shielding, optical components and more.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a Lead Engineer for an instrument development at a neutron scattering facility or synchrotron, or as a lead for large scale projects in industry.

This role will report to the Instrument Design Engineering Team Leader, and will work closely with Instrument Scientists, Designers, Instrument Operations Personnel, Sample Environment Personnel, Electrical Engineers and Conventional Facilities Engineers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a Lead Engineer for new instrument developments and existing instrument upgrades
  • Ensure safety and quality by following Instrument Engineering standards and procedures
  • Provide direction to other engineers and designers to ensure engineering standards are met, and customer expectations are satisfied
  • Lead multidisciplinary activities to ensure project requirements are met
  • Produce drawings, specifications and other engineering documents
  • Perform engineering calculations to ensure safety and component performance
  • Report progress to sponsors and management
  • Lead and participate in engineering and project reviews
  • Produce and follow cost and schedule estimates
  • Perform work efficiently to ensure project deadlines are achieved
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements including ISMS.
  • The SNS and HFIR facilities are in operation 24 hours per day and 7 days a week year round.  You may be occasionally required to support users and/or facilities during off hours or weekends.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct.  Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:  https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering (typically Mechanical Engineering; other disciplines with appropriate experience are welcome)
  • 8 or more years of experience in applicable engineering work
  • Previous experience leading large engineering projects
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly grasp, prioritize and analyze complex technical problems
  • Experience working within and leading multidisciplinary technical teams
  • Proficiency in Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a Lead Engineer for a Neutron Scattering Instrument development
  • Experience with vacuum systems
  • Working level proficiency in Creo CAD software and Windchill Project Lifecycle Management software
  • Familiarity with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • Proficient in Finite Element Analysis

About Neutron Sciences Directorate

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.  

Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   
Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.


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